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Poi Dog
10-16-2008, 01:21 PM
The Ghost of Aircraft 75 - A True Story!

As many of you know, I used to work for an airline (that shall not be named) in the 50th state. We had Douglas DC-8's, DC-9's, Lockheed L1011's and DeHavilland DHC-7's (so you can pretty much gather what airline it was.) Anyway, we had a Dash 7 known as aircraft #75 - and it was well known within the airline that it was "haunted"!

The story has been told for years within the airline and some of the names have changed - but for those who were working at the time of the "incidents" - we knew exactly who was affected and how the REAL story went. I was one of the few who know EXACTLY what happened.

In the summer of 1992 - a flight from Kapalua West Maui was flown by aircraft #75 to HNL. During the flight, there was an old woman, who was in her late 80's to early 90's. She was a very nice lady who loved to chat with the flight attendants (there were two on board) and with whomever would listen to her. She just so happened to be sitting in the last row, nearest the entry door at the aft left hand side of the plane. After landing into HNL and after all (well MOST) of the passengers exited the plane, the flight attendants noticed that the old woman was still sitting in her seat, seemingly asleep. Unfortunately, she passed away during the flight and I guess no one really noticed.

Some months later - a good friend of mine "John" (NO, NOT ME) was performing his Pre-Flight (Overnight check) on aircraft 75. It was almost lunch time, so he had powered down the aircraft - disarmed the emergency lights, disconnected the external power and turned off the battery. After the aircraft was completely cold and dark - he proceded towards the rear of the plane to exit. He noticed that there was someone sitting in the last row of the plane near the exit. So he yelled out thinking that it was one of us messing with him or waiting for him to go to lunch. The figure stood up and walked out the exit - and in the light from the outside ramp he noticed that it was an old woman! He ran out of the airplane thinking that it was a passenger who got on the wrong aircraft or something - but when he got outside - she was gone! He closed the door and got on his ramp tractor to get to the cafeteria - but glanced at the cockpit and noticed that there were lights on in the cockpit! John then re-opened the door - walked to the flight deck and noticed that the battery was on. He knew that it was turned off previously - but somehow, it had flicked itself on!

Later at lunch he told us about what had happened - and we all laughed! "Someone's screwin' with yah" - we told him, but none of us admitted to any wrong doing. He asked if any of us would come with him to help finish his preflight - but we couldn't. I was working on an APU change on a DC-9 and our other friends had their own pre-flights to take care of.

After lunch, John continued his preflight. Just as he was finishing his external check - someone tapped him on the shoulder and whispered "excuse me." He turned around - and NO ONE WAS THERE! He freaked out and ran to my airplane which was a good 100 yards away. John told me what had happened and I came over to aircraft 75 with him. Nothing happened again that night - but John was very well shaken.

I have heard from a few different Flight Attendants that they have had similar "experiences" - tapping on the shoulder and whispers of "excuse me". I guess it had gotten bad enough that the higher-ups decided to bring in a Hawaiian Priest to "bless" the aircraft - but disturbances continued to happen; especially to my friend John. Apparently the "Ghost of Aircraft 75" really was attracted to him, because he would get tapped and whispered to , even if he was on another aircraft! He had gotten so rattled - he quit and moved to Reno, NV where he became employed with an airline that operated MD-80's and got bought out by American Airlines.

The DHC-7's had since been retired from the fleet of the airline that shall not be named - but I wonder if the ghost continues to try to strike up conversations with anyone who works on aircraft 75.

Poi Dog


10-16-2008, 06:26 PM
I'm betting she does....

10-17-2008, 10:09 PM
whoa that's pretty interesting...

11-06-2008, 07:14 PM
Nicely told story! Do Hawaiians typically believe in ghost/spirits/etc? My dad tells me stories of his elders always scaring him of the [insert Ilocano word for ghosts] whenever he would visit the PI. All of my family on the pinoy side are so superstitious.

I've got a ghost story of my own (personal account), but I'll save it for next Halloween. Lets just say that it was in the very near proximity of the Zodiac's first murders.

Shoots! I just realized that it took place less than a mile from my house *shivers*

11-07-2008, 12:54 AM
Nicely told story! Do Hawaiians typically believe in ghost/spirits/etc?

I'm not sure if it's a Hawaiian thing, but it's definitely a Hawaii culture thing. There are many Hawaiian spirits, such as Menehune, Night Marchers and Pele. Many people I know believe in ghosts, are superstitious or have stories of their own. It's so common that me and a friend were inspired to start a website documenting scary stories from Hawaii. PoiDog actually submitted this story to my site (thanks again!).